Last June, Saudia revealed a new first class product, which is now available on select 777-300ER aircraft, some of which operate to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington. The product consists of fully enclosed suites, which actually look pretty stylish.
This is a massive improvement over Saudia’s old first class product, which didn’t even feature direct aisle access from all seats — it instead looked like a sub-par business class product.
I’ve been intrigued by this new product, especially since award availability is consistently wide open. For example, Los Angeles to Jeddah has at least 3-4 first class award seats a vast majority of dates, and there are only a total of 12 first class seats. This is a great use of Korean Air SkyPass miles (which you can transfer over from Chase Ultimate Rewards), as they charge just 160,000 miles for roundtrip first class.
What I’m equally fascinated by, though, is how good Saudia claims its soft product is. Some of you may remember my Saudia business class flight last year, which I said had the worst service of any flight I’ve ever taken.
Check out this ad for Saudia’s new first class suite, which actually makes it look appealing:
On its website, Saudia describes how it has an onboard chef on select routes (it looks like this was introduced in May 2015), and based on the above video, it looks like the airline also serves caviar in first class:
Fine dining, a la carte, with a Chef Onboard at 39,000 feet up in the sky at any time during your journey is not a dream of the future but an exclusive service for our First Suite guests.
Enjoy sumptuous, world-class cuisine fused with traditional flavors of our rich heritage in privacy for a 4-course menu within the exclusivity of your First Suite.
Saudia also has Porsche design amenity kits and pajamas in first class:
Pamper yourself with amenities designed exclusively by Furla for ladies and Porsche Design for gentlemen.
When you’ve had too much and want to turn in, with a touch of a button your cabin crew will be at your service to prepare your bed complete with a mattress and pillow while you slip into your pyjamas designed exclusively by Porsche Design.
Okay, I’ve really got to check this out sooner rather than later.
Jeddah Airport is a bit of a dump, though the new airport is set to open next year, and is supposed to be a big improvement. That being said, I don’t really want to wait that long. So my plan is to maybe fly from Los Angeles to Jeddah to Dubai in one direction, and then from Dubai to Riyadh to New York in the other direction, to experience Riyadh Airport, which I’ve heard is much better.
So, does anyone think Saudia first class might actually be decent?